Bill Breakey

  • signed Petition to Support Forest Conservation 2018-01-19 16:50:10 -0500

    Petition in Support of Forest Conservation Act Amendments

    This letter, and a list of all signatories, will be sent to all Members of House Environment and Transportation Committee, and Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee in during the 2018 Maryland Legislative Session. To learn more about this legislation, click here


     

    207 signatures

    Forest Conservation Act Amendments

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    Senate Bill 610/ House Bill 766

    As a person of faith who respects the sanctity of the Earth and the whole web of life, I am writing to ask for your support for the Forest Conservation Act amendments, SB 610/HB 766.

    Children once played easily in trees in their back yard, at a park down the street, or at Grandma’s house. But, today, forests are hard to find – when was the last time you spotted a child climbing a tree?

    Over the past eight years, over 14,000 acres of forest have been lost due to development. Forests play a crucial role in stabilizing soil, improve water quality, offer important mammal habitats, and reduce ambient air temperatures with cooling shade. The Forest Conservation Act amendments will help protect priority forests for future generations.

    The loss of tree canopy is felt by the general public and future generations, while developers profit from transforming land away from its natural state. Over the past three years, thousands of people of faith have planted over 13,000 trees at their churches, synagogues, and temples. However, for every 1 acre of forest planted by the faith community, Maryland lost 40 acres. Society cannot keep up with this pace of forest decimation. We need your help.

    Please support Forest Conservation Act amendments to strengthen it so that we can truly protect forests and reverse this alarming trend.

    We shall not steal trees from the next generation. Can we count on you to fight for sustained forest cover by supporting this bill?

    Please vote in support of the Forest Conservation Act Amendments.

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  • wants to volunteer 2017-10-30 13:11:06 -0400

    Be an Advocacy Leader

    As people of faith, we have a moral responsibility to engage in our democracy, stay informed, and engage in the legislative cropped.JPGprocess. We must stand together and promote policies that protect God's Creation and all of the web of life. 

    By signing up here, we will keep you informed of the legislation we are tracking at the Maryland, DC, and county/city level. We will also alert you when we need you to take action such as call your representative or testify at a hearing. 

    Please provide your address so we can determine what action alerts are most relevant to you based on the legislative district in which you reside. 

    Thank you for being a leader in your community and bringing the faith voice to public advocacy issues!

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  • published Following His Example in Newsletter 2017-06-19 14:39:08 -0400

  • published Advocacy 2017-12-19 12:19:27 -0500

    Advocacy

    Acting from our faith convictions, we join our voices with others in the region who call for responsible public policies to protect the Earth and its inhabitants.

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    Changes in public policies are needed to undo the harm that has been done to our environment, specifically the Chesapeake Bay, and to work towards a more sustainable future.

    People of faith have a special calling to bring their insights and values into the public forum. IPC is here to help you bring your voice to bear in advocating for stewardship of God’s Creation.

    To receive more frequent updates and action alerts, please sign up here to be an Advocacy Leader.


    2018 Priorities in Maryland

    Forest Conservation Act Amendments

    Ban on Styrofoam

    Transparency at the Public Service Commission

     

    Advocacy Briefing -- Join in a conference call on January 25th to learn about these 3 bills and how to lift your faithful voice during the 2018 Legislative Session.  

     

    Do you live in Virginia or the District of Columbia? Help us track legislation in other regions! Email jodi@interfaithchesapeake.org to volunteer. 


    Contact Your Legislator

    Do you know how to contact your legislator and ensure your voice is heard? The links below will connect you to websites for each of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed states where you can find your legislator and obtain their contact information. 

    Maryland

    Virginia

    Delaware

    Pennsylvania

    New York

    West Virginia


  • signed up on Stay Connected 2014-08-19 14:23:17 -0400

    Connect with Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake

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    IPC can help you with all of this!

    Complete the form below to maintain an up-to-date profile in our database so that when opportunities for collaboration arise, we can get in touch with you. Help IPC help you!

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  • published Opportunities in News 2014-07-22 17:43:28 -0400

    Hands-on Opportunities for Congregations


    Trees for Sacred Places - -Trees are God’s cure-all. See how your congregation can get involved with this wonderfulTree_Planting_10_17_2010_042_opt.jpg project. Even if your grounds are not big enough to plant trees we can find a place for your volunteers to help. Your congregation can  get FREE trees, tools, planting plans, and educational/spiritual workshops. IPC is seeking congregations throughout Maryland and particularly in Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties. Click HERE to read our media release with program highlights. Contact Bonnie at bonnie@interfaithchesapeake.org. See more on our program page HERE.

     

     


    Blue Water Congregations is still available for communities of faith in Baltimore City and County.Alsrainbarrel_opt.jpg But the spots are filling fast. Help your congregation save money on their stormwater utility fees while healing God’s creation. Through this program several congregations have secured thousands of dollars in grant funding to fulfill their stewardship missions. Contact Bonnie at bonnie@interfaithchesapeake.org See more on our program page HERE


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  • published Challenges in Chesapeake Watershed 2013-07-24 21:26:32 -0400

    Challenges

    The Chesapeake Bay and its vast watershed face many ecological challenges.  Here are some of the main issues.  To read more, or to link to more sources of information, click on the paragraph headings.

    Sustainability

    Our faith traditions teach us that as God loves us, God loves future generations also. For them must act sustainably. We now see more clearly that it is our responsibility to think ahead and to conserve precious resources in ways that ensure they will last.

    Nutrients, Sediments and Toxins

    Many of the Bay’s problems are caused by the visible and invisible substances that flow into it from its many tributaries. Nutrients are those substances that stimulate growth of plants and algae. When this happens excessively, and the tiny plants die in the water, their decay process uses up oxygen in the water. Sediments and toxic chemicals further threaten living creatures and the natural cycles of life in the water.

    Polluted Runoff

    Addressing the problem of pollution from “non-point sources” is very challenging. These sources include water that naturally flows off streets, gardens, fields, forests, playgrounds, parking lots, rooftops, backyards, septic drain fields and everywhere that rain falls.

     Agriculture

    Agriculture is a main industry in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, essential to provide food for the millions who live here. Farmers, large and small, are of fundamental importance to our economy and our well being. Farmers are the primary caretakers of our land. Its fertility and its sustainability are entrusted to their expert management. Farmers are increasingly aware that they can and must take steps to protect the water, to keep the streams clean, for it is this same water that provides for the thirst of their neighbors and themselves and ultimately provides for the needs of the entire watershed and the Bay.

     TMDLs

    Experts have determined Total Maximum Daily Loads for pollutants and sediments (TMDLs). This is the maximum amount of pollutants that can be permitted in order to restore health to the rivers and the Bay. Local governments are to establish Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) to outline how they will achieve their TMDLs.

    Fracking

    Hydraulic Fracturing as a method for extracting natural gas from shale rock formations is controversial. The environmental arguments against this process, apart from the harm to local infrastructure and impact on the rural communities involved, mostly are concerned with the use of large volumes of water, and polluted discharges into streams. 

    Trash

    Too much of the waste we generate in the Chesapeake Bay watershed becomes trash and a lot of trash ends up in our waterways. Non-biodegradable trash first of all is ugly, and spoils the natural beauty of our streams and coves. Old tires, discarded appliances, toys, bottles, cans, pallets and all manner of junk accumulates. The most pernicious floating objects, however, are the plastic bags and containers that are carelessly dropped into storm drains or thrown into streams. 

     

     

     

     


Psychiatrist, also fascinated by the natural marvels of the world around us and alarmed by our human impact upon it.